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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont House on Wednesday endorsed a bill that would require many school districts in the state to merge with their neighbors, in hopes of trimming costs and expanding the range of class offerings available to students. It is up for final approval on Thursday before moving to the Senate. Backers pointed to an analysis from the Legislature's...

  • Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Wilco won't play a May 7 concert in Indianapolis. Comedian Nick Offerman of " Parks and Recreation" and wife, comic Megan Mullally, said they'll donate proceeds from Wednesday's appearance at Indiana University to the Human Rights Campaign and have canceled a May 16 show in Indianapolis. The Christian Church announced Wednesday it would seek a new location for...

  • Developer can start constructing bio-tech plant Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    NEWPORT, Vt.— A plan to build a bio-technology plant in Newport that would employ up to 500 people has been cleared for construction. The Caledonian Record reports the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has given developer bill Stenger a green light to start construction of AnC Bio Vermont and seek new investors. The building would be at the Jay Peak...

  • Prosecutors have said Robert Dellinger told investigators he was trying to kill himself in December 2013 when he drove his pickup truck across an Interstate 89 median and smashed into a sport utility vehicle carrying 24- year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant, and her fiance, 29- year-old Jason Timmons. Dellinger told the court on Wednesday, "I...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can't even be audited. Vermont entered a unique arrangement with the federal government in 2006 called "global commitment," in which as long as it stayed under projected spending caps, the state...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    While veterinary groups recommend pain treatment, only about 10 percent of calves are properly medicated, according to Vermont dairy cattle breeder Mark Rodgers. Yet, the change may come sooner than producers expected, as some of the nation's largest food companies, such as General Mills, Nestle and Dunkin' Brands, are asking dairy suppliers to incorporate...

  • Closed waste-to-energy incinerator up for sale Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    CLAREMONT, N.H.— An incinerator that had turned trash from New Hampshire and Vermont into energy is up for sale. Wheelabrator Technologies stopped accepting waste at its Claremont facility in 2013 after 27 years of operation. The state Supreme Court upheld a permit renewal this month, denying an appeal from residents who said it never should have been approved.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • RUTLAND, Vt.— The city of Rutland, Vermont, is trying to fire out the source of a water leak that's causing it to lose more than 600,000 gallons of water a day. The Rutland Herald reports residents have experienced a drop in water pressure since Saturday. Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/.

  • WASHINGTON— Inspired by the popular " USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics. But while organic foods must be USDA- certified to carry any organic label on a...

  • NEW YORK— The comedy troupe behind the cult hit film "Super Troopers" has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel. Broken Lizard says Fox Searchlight has agreed to distribute the sequel in North America if the comedy troupe can fund the making of it. The campaign mirrors that of the "Veronica Mars" film Warner Bros. released last year after a...

  • NEW YORK— The comedy troupe behind the cult hit film "Super Troopers" has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel. Broken Lizard says Fox Searchlight has agreed to distribute the sequel in North America if the comedy troupe can fund the making of it. The campaign mirrors that of the "Veronica Mars" film Warner Bros. released last year after a...

  • MIDDLEBURY, Vt.— A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip was not connected with the producers of the HBO show "The Jinx," which focuses on the life of Durst, who's facing murder charges in the 2000...

  • Those are among the results of what is widely regarded as a tough fiscal 2016 general fund budget that won unanimous approval from the House Appropriations Committee. The committee's version still must clear the full House, which is expected to vote on it later this week; then it goes to the Senate before final details are worked out by a conference committee of...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • Companies tap into Vermont's large maple potential Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    ISLAND POND, Vt.— Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. The operation, backed by Wood Creek Capital Management of New Haven, Connecticut, chose northeastern Vermont because of the state's brand and large tracts of high-elevation land, which isn't as affected by climate change, Sweetree...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • Peter Shumlin on Friday announced contingency plans for a federal government takeover of the state's troubled health insurance exchange and an alternative hybrid federal-state system. Vermont Health Connect still isn't meeting its goals, and if it doesn't meet two key ones in the coming months, Vermont could scale back its handling of the project in favor...

  • CHAZY, N.Y.— Officials say about 50,000 chickens have been killed in a fire that swept through a barn at a northern new York poultry farm. Fire department officials in the Clinton County town of Chazy tell local media that the blaze was reported around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in a barn at Giroux's Poultry Farm, located about 10 miles south of the Canadian border.